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Best shows from NYFW FW17 Day 2: Calvin Klein, Jeremy Scott and Jason Wu

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Best shows from NYFW FW17 Day 2: Calvin Klein, Jeremy Scott and Jason Wu
Calvin Klein redefines American classics, Jason Wu empowers women through colour and silhouette and Jeremy Scott takes us back to the 1960s

CALVIN KLEIN: A NEW ERA
The collection: Raf Simons' first show with Calvin Klein had the industry buzzing with anticipation on how would he reinvent an iconic American brand. And raise the bar he did — the collection held a strong unisex aesthetic throughout, varying from pieces in vibrant colours (looks 1, 2, 3, 45, 46 & 47), soft greys (looks 8, 9, 10 & 11) to double leather (looks 52, 53 & 54) and double denim, aka cowboy tuxedos (looks 37, 38, 39 & 40). The brilliant Simons weaved in elements of sensuality innate to the Calvin Klein brand — exposing torsos through sheer tops (looks 12, 15, 16 & 29) and bold cut-out dresses (looks 55, 56 & 58). We especially loved the ingenuity of his trench-coat covered in the plastic, created to be reflective with every movement (looks 7, 22, 23, 24 & 26). 

Worth the investment: The metal-toed cowboy boots and transparent pumps — both timeless statements in their own right.

Try this now: Styling a nude-coloured top under a sharp pant suit (looks 8, 9, 10, 11 & 18) creates the perfect combination of effortless sensuality.  


JASON WU: BOLD FEMININITY
The collection: Jason Wu offers daring variety with shiny metallics. Last season, we saw him play with blue metallic, which proved to be a fresh change of direction from his more subdued tones of the past. This time around, he ups the exuberance even more with dazzling gold metallic (looks 27 & 28) and shimmery green tones (looks 21 & 22). We adore how Wu also mixes it all up with his use of mustard (looks 2, 3, 13 & 14) and abstract floral prints (looks 9 & 19). Known for his mastery in flattering the female figure, his evening wear collection is always impeccably elegant and quietly inspiring. Expect plunging necklines on floor-length dresses (looks 8, 9, 12 & 18) and pieces that create an eye-catching silhouette (looks 19, 20, 21, 26, 28, 29 & 31).


I Spy: Fishnet tights — these can come with a stigma but paired with a chic dress or long skirt, have immense potential to resuscitate a look (looks 6, 7, 11, 12 & 14).


JEREMY SCOTT: PRESSES REWIND
The collection: Gigi Hadid opened Jeremy Scott's fall/winter 2017 Show, wearing a leopard-print jacket and pants with a Jesus portrait on each leg enhanced by thick bottom eyelashes, resembling the 1960s icon, Twiggy. The opening look is only a slight indicator of what was to come, as Scott has a way of storytelling that turn heads when least expected. This season, neon and psychedelic colours takes a backseat to pieces swathed in earthy tones of tartan and patchwork (looks 5, 16, 19, 26, 33 & 36), multi-coloured stripes (looks 6, 16, 21 & 35) and prints flaunting historic or religious figures (looks 3, 4, 11, 19, 23, 24, 29, 31, 37 & 38). He didn't quite leave his reliable flamboyance behind though, as seen in a baby blue studded jacket and flares (look 25), as well as chandelier-esque headpieces (looks 23 & 39). The last look? A loud red-sequinned tank with the slogan, "As seen on TV".


Lesson learnt: Twiggy was iconic after all, as 1960s makeup took centrestage with this show. We're talking beautiful bottom-heavy lashes and a natural barefaced complexion.


Set design: A runway covered in white shag carpet  — epic!

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Elizabeth Osborn

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